Georgia Man Saves Child Crawling Near Highway

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A Georgia man is a hero after saving a child who nearly wandered out on a highway, reports 11 Alive News.

Bryant Collins was traveling down a Georgia highway when he caught a glimpse of something that made him do a double take.

“I had seen something out of the corner of my eye, and I thought it was a baby,” Collins recalled. “I just stopped and, when I got out, there was a baby … almost in the highway.”

Collins’ reaction was the same as anyone else’s would have been as he thought, “‘What the hell is going on? A baby?'”

Immediately, Collins stopped, scooped the baby up and called 911 to report incident.

The mechanic, who was on his way to a fix a stranded car, waited at least two hours for authorities to make their way to the scene. During that time, Collins soothed the crying baby by playing gospel music on his phone.”I turned my phone on and let her listen to some music and she calmed right down,” he said. “I know gospel music calms me down.”

Madison County authorities say the small child crawled about 300 yards away from her home.  She traveled through the woods, down a small embankment and onto the shoulder of the highway. Without Collins serving as her guardian angel, she may have made her way onto the highway.

Thankfully, the child was not hurt. She had minor scratches and insect bites, but is completely fine, says Madison County Sheriff Kip Thomas.

“Everything was pretty much superficial that we saw,” Thomas said, “Honestly that’s almost a miracle: that a 15-month-old can go that far from her house, into the woods, fall down an embankment, wind up near a major highway, and really not get hurt that bad.”

As for the child’s parents, they are thankful that Collins was in the right place at the right time, but both may end up behind bars.

After the incident, Timothy Pickens was charged with neglect and his wife may be charged as well, but the parents say the charges are uncalled for.

“We did not neglect our children; we [were] with them the whole time; we just stepped outside for a few minutes,” Timothy Pickens told 11Alive News.

Collins is now a hero, but says he may not have been able to save a life if he hadn’t taken action to save his own life and vowed to make a difference in society.

“I did ten years in the federal institution for manufacturing cocaine,” he said. “When I was in prison, I made a very conscientious effort to change, and I did.”

Collins says he has been free and clean for five years.

“It made me feel good that I could be in society and do good,” he said. “Just as well as you can do bad, you can do good, you know?”

Watch the news clip below.

(Photo Credit: 11 Alive News)